In this series of articles Marco Senatore offers an analysis of the current state of economics and the proposal to establish a market for moral, organizational and cultural values. This instrument would reconcile surplus extraction and individual autonomy and therefore economics and ethics, with significant social and political implications.
The COVID-19 outbreak has undoubtedly been the greatest global challenge of the last years. The responses provided so far have been criticized or praised for their level of timeliness. However, the measures adopted are either coercive or monetary. Administrative power and money, already identified by Jürgen Habermas as the two dominant media for the systemic integration of society, confirm this role in our approach to such problems – a role that relieves social actors from the demand of strongly communicative actions.